A great place to meet students with similar interests, the Museum offers a range of programs for creative teens and those interested in art history. Contact Alice Novak, Curator of Education to learn more.
The Muses, the Museum’s Teen Council, represent a variety of schools and the homeschool community. Council members enjoy expressive activities in the galleries and plan events at the Museum including performances, arts career fairs, and opportunities to work with living artists. If you are interested in becoming a Muse or learning more about teen events, please contact Alice Novak, Curator of Education.
Quilting a Story: Workshop
Thursday, September 22 5 – 6:30 P.M.
Learn about the rich story-quilt technique of Faith Ringold reflected in prints by the artist in the Museum’s Collection and other works. Participants will be inspired to make their own “story quilts” using textiles and other materials.
Hosted by the MUSES, this workshop is free for all middle and high school students.
AP Art History
Still accepting students for the 2016/17 school year.
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Advanced Placement Art History course is offered free of charge to local high school students. In this global survey class that meets daily in the Museum library, students explore the creations of a variety of eras and cultures. Key skills the class builds over the course of the year include identifying works of art, comparing works from different cultures, and examining influences, artist choices, traditions, and innovations. Art is explored as a reflection of larger cultural trends, and the class has the advantage of being able to interact with the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and visiting speakers. Most of all the art history class is an exciting introduction to the art and architecture of the globe and a unique chance to enjoy a seminar style class with students from other schools.
AP Art History is sponsored by the BBVA Compass Foundation.
Middle and High School Classes
– English teachers, bring your students to practice Ekphrastic writing (or writing in response to works of art!) in the galleries. Co-lead a writing workshop with a Museum and host a reading at the end.
– History teachers, don’t forget about the American historical sources hanging all over the Museum walls. Call us about an American history gallery talk or writing assignment for your students.
– Foreign language teachers, bring your students to discuss works of art in a second language. We can help you find references to your country of focus in our collection. We have Museum docents who speak German, Spanish, and Korean.
– Math and science teachers, brainstorm with us to think about applications of mathematics and science in works of art and architecture, explore the wall in ARTWORKS based on the Fibonacci sequence and more.
-Interested in having your students learn more about working at an art Museum? Call about the possibility of partnering on a Junior Curators or Junior Docent program or to take a behind the scenes tour of the Museum.
To explore these or any other school partnerships, please call Alice Novak at 334.240.4361.
(Ages 14 and Older)
Studio classes are available for teens and adults throughout the year. Classes offer instruction in a variety of art mediums, including digital media. Download the current Studio Flyer to learn more or call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365.
Summer Painting with Sandra
Back by popular demand, Sandra Hicks Larson will teach these fun and informative series of classes, designed for students of all levels, including those who have no prior painting experience. Participants will work from photographs and will view landscapes in the Museum for inspiration. Since these classes are offered during the summer, participants may sign up for individual classes or the entire series. Class size is limited to 10. Some supplies provided.
Instructor: Sandra Hicks Larson
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: August 4, 11; September 1, 15, 22
Cost: $30 members per class/$40 non-members per class;
$140 members/$190 non-members for the series of five classes
Twilight Photography Workshop
Meet at the Museum to discuss the work of New York Photographer Lynn Saville in the exhibition Dark City: Urban America at Night. Explore the uninhabited scenes on view with the artist, then continue to downtown Montgomery at twilight, taking pictures with the instruction of this accomplished teacher. The workshop is open to digital and film photographers – beginner to expert. A tripod is helpful but not required.
Instructor: Lynn Saville
Time: 7 to 9:30 P.M.
Wednesday: August 17
Cost: $50 Museum members/$95 non-members
Painting Large Abstracts
Well-known artist Kellie Newsome will help artists of all skill levels create bright, colorful abstract paintings. This entertaining and informative workshop includes sketching tips and instructions on loose application of paint, unique color schemes, color blending, and building a balanced composition. Most supplies, including Atelier Interactive acrylic paints, are provided. Class size is limited to 11 participants, so sign up early!
Instructor: Kellie Newsome
Time: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Saturday: September 10
Cost: $120 Museum/$165 non-members
CHARCOAL: Expressive Mark Making, A Painters Approach to Drawing
Explore charcoal as the perfect drawing medium for expressive mark making in this two-day workshop. Gary Chapman, regionally recognized artist and popular UAB professor, will help participants develop a personal approach to loose, aggressive mark-making with a combination of additive and subtractive techniques using charcoal and erasers. While charcoal will be the primary medium, students will be encouraged to combine other media such as conte crayon, spray paint, ink and gesso. A supply list will be provided upon registration.
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Dates and Time: Saturday, September 24: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.;
Sunday, September 25: 1:30 to 4:30 P.M.
Cost: $115 members/$160 non-members
$75 students for the two-day workshop
Tuition cost will be refunded if a class is canceled.
For a full refund, cancellations must be made NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE
the class, workshop, or camp begins. After that time a 25%
administrative fee will be charged.